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Replicating Landmarks

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

History

Geography

Art and Design

Students research and recreate a structure from history such as a building, monument, castle, bridge, or other large manmade object.

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Submitted By: Institute of Play

November 1, 2016

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication

External References

Famous Landmarks from around the World
http://designlike.com/100-most-famous-landmarks-around-the-world/

See this link to get inspired by these famous landmarks!

50 states, 50 landmarks (United States)
http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/photos/50-states-50-landmarks

50 landmarks from around these United States.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about the historical importance of landmark by building them.
  • To research the rich history of importance landmarks.

Guiding Ideas

What can we learn about a landmark by building it?

 

Introduce students to the challenge. Show examples of real-life and Minecraft landmarks. Pair students together for this project or let them choose a partner.

Student Activities

Have students research landmarks they may want to create. They could search for famous skyscrapers, wonders of the world, famous monuments, etc. Help them manage the scale and complexity of their choice based on Minecraft skill.

• Help them find and save images of their chosen landmark from multiple angles.

• If possible, allow students to print their images for easy reference

 

Prototype:

• Give students a few minutes of planning time with graph paper before going into

Minecraft. They should roughly sketch their structure from at least 2 angles. Note that for large

structures, they should probably NOT build to scale; that would take far too long!

 

Share:

Let students explore and see the progress of the other groups and

leave positive feedback signs.

Optional:

Students can share suggestions on feedback signs as well.

• Have students enter the game and find a space to build. Be sure no one goes too far away from start but that everyone still feels comfortable with their proximity to their neighbors. As they build, float around to offer support. Be sure students are titling and signing their work.

Performance Expectations

Reflection:

Have students respond to:

What did you learn about your landmark by building it ?

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication

External References

Famous Landmarks from around the World
http://designlike.com/100-most-famous-landmarks-around-the-world/

See this link to get inspired by these famous landmarks!

50 states, 50 landmarks (United States)
http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/photos/50-states-50-landmarks

50 landmarks from around these United States.

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